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    How to Stay Healthy during the New Normal (Part 1 of 3)

    On Wednesday 13 May, we sat in on a ‘Natural Medicine for your Health and Well-Beingdiscussion with Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel and Joy Francis, members of the AATS Community, who both reside in New Jersey.

    This discussion is a 3-part series and we’re sharing a quick recap of the gems dropped.

    Topics covered included immunity health, combating stress and anxiety, and quick exercises for working out in a small space.

    Guest speaker Dr. Shavon, is a Naturopathic physician and best-selling author, and brings over a decade of influence as a natural health authority to the table. She specializes in helping women and couples struggling with hormonal and fertility concerns find holistic and integrative solutions to their hormone health and family goals. Dr. Shavon also leads the science and education-based marketing initiatives for a dietary supplement ingredient firm that develops and commercializes researched, natural ingredients for end-product formulations.

    Moderator Joycelyn Francis is a N.A.S.M Certified Fitness Coach and Fitness Influencer, known by her Fit Friends and family as “Joy”. She is on a mission to change a million lives through movement. 

    What is Naturopathic Medicine?

    To make this politically correct, we borrowed this definition from the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). They describe it as:

    Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat, and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind, and spirit.

    Dr. Shavon explained that Naturopathic Medicine focuses on six principles. 

    1. First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
    Naturopathic physicians choose the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.

    2. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
    Naturopathic doctors recognize the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.

    3. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
    Naturopathic doctors identify, address and remove the underlying causes of disease.

    4. Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
    Educating and supporting patients on personal health management is an important role for naturopathic doctors. They empower patients to take responsibility for their own health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.

    5. Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
    This is a holistic concept that recognizes the body as an integrated whole. Naturopathic doctors treat the patient, not the disease. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.

    6. Prevention (Praevenic)
    Naturopathic doctors promote a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

    How Do You Benefit From Naturopathic Medicine?

    When you see a Naturopathic doctor, they concentrate on whole-patient wellness through health promotion and disease prevention. Which means they try to find the underlying cause of your condition(s). They can help with everything from allergies to reasons why you’re unable to have kids. 

    Discussed next was Immunity Health, which is so relevant at this time during the coronavirus crisis we’re all facing.

    Some Facts Shared:

    • 70% of the immune system is in the gut or GI tract.
    • There is an abundance of bacteria in your gut. Good and bad.
    • Depending on the foods you eat will determine what the balance is. 
    • Diets in fiber feed good bacteria. 
    • Spices like curry and turmeric promote good bacteria. Let’s go Indian food!
    • Plain Greek yogurt is also good. Without the fruit and nut additives, though.
    • Increasing the pH of your water and food makes the body more alkaline.
    • A diet high in meats feed the bad bacteria. A plant-based diet can help turn this around.

    What Dr. Shavon mentions about immunity health really drives home the point of why the black community has been suffering the most during this pandemic – high positive cases and mortality.

    Take a listen to what she recommends below.

    She identified foods we can eat that will provide three major immune-boosting vitamins and minerals to help fend off coronavirus.

    This information is specifically for families struggling financially during this pandemic, and who may not have the money to purchase supplements.

    To access the entire webinar and the gems shared by Dr. Shavon regarding your Immune Health, please Become a Member.

    To get in on the Part 2 of this continuing series, REGISTER HERE.

    Interested in maintaining your health, get a sneak peek of Dr. Shavon’s book Black Family Health-O-Pedia, and don’t hesitate to purchase a copy. It is a definite must-have for your bookshelf!

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